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Sorcerer (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

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Tangerine Dream are famous for their film soundtracks; over the years, they've done nearly as many movie scores as anything else. But this 1977 suspense film by William Friedkin (of French Connection and Exorcist fame) was their very first. It also happens to be the last thing the group recorded with their famous '70s lineup before Peter Baumann quit to start a solo career, and it functions as a bit of a last hurrah for the "classic" T. Dream sound of the previous several years. The opening "Main Title" track harks all the way back to the band's earliest days, with its dark but free-flowing feel of celestial ambience. Other cuts seem to underline the slowly building tension inherent in the film, and the combination of aqueous lead synth lines atop an angular bed of sequencer patterns brings to mind milestone TD albums like Rubycon and Ricochet. Be advised to take the title of "Abyss" literally—it's a bit like peering into a black hole and trying not to get sucked in. Even if you do, at least you'll be surrounded by bewitching electronic textures.

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Dark, Foreboding, and Irresistable

Sorcerer is an amazing electronica album. This was Tangerine Dream's first soundtrack for a Hollywood motion picture, and the group pulled it off with flying colors, despite having never written a soundtrack before. In fact, TD wrote this soundtrack without even seeing the film! They were simply mailed a script and they composed the album after reading it. The music they delivered is opaque, menacing, and foreboding. Indeed, it is a perfect match for the "stagflation" era 1977 movie. Recommendation: don't play this album in a dark room.

A must have for atmosphere

The director of the Exorcist heard this band too late - he'd already scored the film and regretted not having heard Tangerine Dream earlier. For his next film, he asked them to score it, and score it they did. The main title theme takes synths and makes them generate a soundscape that sounds like Giger's paintings look. And it's a rollercoaster from there. This is a masterwork which evokes many moods. It's hard to be scary using JUST sound, but they manage it here. They evoke longing, tension, danger, calm.... you name it. This isn't music, it's raw emotion as sound. At the very least buy/listen to Main Title and the Call.


Not one of Tangerine Dream's superb supremes... it still filled the movie with all the emotions needed for the movies slower moments. I went to see "Sorcerer" thinking it was a mystical flick. Boy, was I wrong. The music more than make up for it. This will always have a special place in my heart 'cause its the first time I associated Tangerine Dream with their music. Since, I follow their work with awe.


Formed: 1967 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Without doubt, the recordings of Tangerine Dream made the greatest impact on the widest variety of instrumental music during the 1980s and '90s, ranging from the most atmospheric new age and space music to the harshest abrasions of electronic dance. Founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese in Berlin, the group progressed through a full three dozen lineups (Froese being the only continuous member with staying power) and four distinct stages of development: the experimentalist minimalism of the late '60s and...
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